Designs from Harim Jung and Yunxiang Zhou (via Style.com)
Kering and Parsons The New School for Design have unveiled the two winners of this year’s “Empowering Imagination” student design competition. Harim Jung has been selected for her women’s ready-to-wear designs, and Yunxiang Zhou for her men’s ready-to-wear. Harim Jung from South Korea and Yunxiang Zhou, born in China, won an internship in one of the Kering’s luxury or sports & lifestyle brands. The two will also each receive a personalized mentoring session with Style.com.
After previously having worked on the Chuck Taylor All Star Hi and Lo, as well as the Jack Purcell low top sneaker, Converse teams up once again with Japanese brand COMME des GARCONS PLAY to created a collection based on the Converse Pro Leather silhouette. According to Comme des Garçons International CEO Adrian Joffe, Kawakubo designed the energetic print “thinking, as always, of creating something strong, new, and fantastic. For Comme Des Garçons there is never any reason to do anything other than that.” The COMME des GARCONS PLAY for Converse Pro Leather will be available May28th on Dover Street Market’s website and at the NYC Comme des Garçons store, then in Paris and London, on June 1st, and finally Tokyo on June 21st. Continue reading →
H Project is the new retail concept for the Canadian luxury chain which launches today in three Holt Renfrew units. In-store shops being piloted at the Toronto (Bloor Street), Calgary and Vancouver stores range in size from 250 square feet to 300 square feet. A 400-square-foot permanent shop in the fall will be unveiled at the Yorkdale store. H Project offers a collection of products with a green element or charitable component.
Paco Rabanne’s womenswear designer, Lydia Maurer, has left the brand. Maurer, 30, joined the Paco Rabanne studio in November 2011. She was promoted from the studio to the creative helm. She “brought a new spirit of femininity and modernity”and “contributed to raising the profile of the house on the international fashion stage,” the company said, noting Maurer worked on the spring 2013 and fall collections according to WWD. A successor will be named in the next few months.
The innovative online retailer has worked with fashion houses including Alexander Wang, Raf Simons and Ami to create exlusive capsule collections. The buying team has worked with a handful of quite different brands to develop capsule collections that will be available only from Mr Porter.
The company plans to downsize its team there and ship from its U.S. based inventories rather than holding inventory in Chinese warehouses.
“We still have a team there for customer care, marketing and the Web merchandising in Shanghai but it’s a smaller team,” said Neiman’s vice president of corporate communications Ginger Reeder. “It’s still a localized China site.”“We are committed to China. We believe we can serve Chinese luxury customers and there is a future for that.” Reeder said. “We have upped our investment in Glamour Sales and we are keeping a team in Shanghai. Even though we are doing international shipping in many countries, right now, China is the only one with a dedicated site — with Mandarin translation, size conversion charts and customized creative.”
French menswear-focused media and e-commerce group MenInvest has acquired London-based online retailer Oki-ni for an undisclosed amount. Oki-ni co-founders Charles Perez and Ben Banks will join MenInvest as shareholders and advisors. “This acquisition… is a key piece of our growth strategy to reach €100 million in revenue by 2016,” said Marc Ménasé, MenInvest founder, who plans to position Oki-ni at the top end of its spectrum of holdings. “This operation also fits into our international expansion strategy. In fact, since the beginning of the MenInvest story, we always had a global project — global from a team and customer standpoint. Oki-ni taking part of MenInvest gives us a good booster to roll out our plan. On top of that, Oki-ni brings a different way to treat the designer segment, which is something important for our growth.”
After Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar is finally making its foray into the French market. The publication has announced that next up is a French edition. The publication has named Alexandra Senes as the magazine’s new editor-in-chief. She is a true industry professional, working with Le Journal du Dimanche, L’Officiel, and Architectural Digest, but also has experience in launching her own clothing line called Kilometre, and teaching at Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Hearst has not yet announced when the first issue of Harper’s Bazaar France will be released.
French actress Audrey Tautou wore a Maison Yiqing Yin dress to host the opening ceremony of the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. The «Absinthe» dress was created exclusively for her and will be part of the forthcoming Fall-Winter Couture collection presented on July 3rd 2013. Audrey Tautou highlights a young designer, a symbolic act in a crisis period.
Saturday evening Christian Dior presented its Resort 2014 collection in Monaco. The principality has held special meaning for the house since 1956, when actress Grace Kelly wore a Dior gown to celebrate her engagement to Prince Rainier of Monaco. Discover the runway just after the jump.
Versace’s relaunched Versus line capsule collection by J.W. Anderson debuted in New York on Wednesday, with an extravaganza event at the city’s Lexington Avenue Armory, which featured performances by Maxwell, Grimes, and the rapper Angel Haze. As Versace herself explains, “The launch of Versus Versace will be an incredible event, bringing together everything that I love: fashion, music, DJs, young people, and their amazing energy. This mix of music and fashion captures the essence of Versus Versace, a label for a new global tribe.”
Karlie Kloss has designed a capsule collection for denim label Frame, launching in June. She created two styles of jeans meant for long-legged ladies like herself. “I’m freakishly tall, so finding pants that fit is something I’ve struggled with my whole life,”said Kloss. “My secret to pulling off too-short jeans has always been to pair them with boots and I really rocked the flood-pant trend for as long as I could! It wasn’t until I started modelling at fifteen that I even realized what well-fitting clothes felt like. Frame’s creative directors, Jens Grede and Erik Torstensson, hope that the jeans will cater to a missing gap in the market.
The chairman, controlling shareholder — and lodestar — of the world’s second-largest luxury goods group, Compagnie Financière Richemont SA is taking a yearlong break beginning in September. Rupert revealed his decision as the company posted a 30.2 percent increase in net profits to 2.01 billion euros, or $2.59 billion, in the 12 months to March 31.